Ski destinations in Turkey

Ski season in Turkey has always been very brief, and with climate change it significantly shrinks every year. Yet, for this short moment in time, a handful of Turkish ski resorts compete for the Istanbul weekend clientele. If you’re an avid skier, fly out to locations further from the big city such as Palandöken or Sarıkamış, where visitors tend to take it to the mountain a bit more seriously. For weekend snuggles by the fire, mulled wine, and grilled sucuk, look no further than Kartalkaya or Kartepe, which also make ideal day trip destinations.

Event spotlights

Concert of Portuguese Fado singer António Zambujo on January 24 at İş Sanat Cultural Center.

Concert of Turkish popular rock group Adamlar  on January 31at Babylon.

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A large scale retrospective of performance art pioneer Marina Abramović will take place at Sakıp Sabancı Museum (SSM) from January 31 – April 26, including three sections: an exhibition of video and photographic documentation of Abramović’s works, live performances of different artists who responded to the open call, as well as the Abramović Method, a masterpiece created by Abramović herself and developed over decades.

A Road Story: 180 Years of Photography at Pera Museum continues until March 1, paying tribute to the world’s first photography trip in 1839. A group of artists went on the same rote and record the trip with contemporary technology.

Lütfi Özkök: Portraits at Istanbul Modern continues until May 3, featuring Özkök’s photographs of 80 figures in art and literature.

Istanbul in Budapest – The Reflections of the Fairytale Oriental in Budapest at the End of the 19th Century is the latest exhibition at Hungarian Culture Center, presenting from November 28 – January 12.

Andy Warhol and pop art exhibition. Until March 29,2020; Uniq Expo.

For more events, check out some of Istanbul’s established arts and cultural venues:

Food and drinks

Shang Palace at Shangri-La Bosphorus celebrates Lunar New Year from January 25 – February 8, preparing authentic Chinese cuisine, tea, and food presentations for the guests. Click here to learn more about the traditions.

Shang Palace
The hottest new restaurant: TURK Fatih Tutak

Istanbul loves homecoming stories, and the professional tale of Fatih Tutak seems to be falling under this category. After three successful years at The Dining Room at The House of Sathorn in Bangkok, Tutak returns to his hometown to bring to life—as the name of the restaurant bluntly states—his locally-rooted agenda. The opening night showcased a collaboration between Tutak and Andoni Luis Aduriz of two Michelin-starred Mugaritz. We’re waiting impatiently for whatever comes next. Now Bomonti, Hacıahmet Silahşör Caddesi, Yeniyol Sokak. No.2, Şişli; 0212 709 56 79;